|Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
Position Left Wing
Name D. King
|Born June 27, 1984 (age 31)
Meadow Lake, SK, CAN (1984-06-27) |
Weight 230 lb (100 kg; 16 st 6 lb)
ECHL team Former teams Ontario Reign St. Louis Blues Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 190th overall, 2002 St. Louis Blues
Dwayne "D. J." King was born June 27, 1984 in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and is listed at 6'4 229lbs. He is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who is a left winger and most recently played with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. He currently competes in the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association (CPCA).
He was drafted in the 6th round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, 191st overall, by the St. Louis Blues. As a junior from the Western Hockey League's, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Kelowna Rockets, King, known as an enforcer, spent his first two professional seasons within the Blues organization with affiliates in the American Hockey League and ECHL.
He made his NHL debut in the 2006–07 season on October 5, 2006 against the San Jose Sharks. King was then reassigned to play a majority of the year with AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen. As first recall with the Blues and after being held scoreless in his first 24 NHL games, King scored his first career goal against Curtis Joseph in a 5–2 victory of the Phoenix Coyotes on April 4, 2007. He finished with 27 games for the Blues during the season, registering two points (one goal, one assist) along with 52 penalty minutes.
King's 2008–09 season was ruined by a season-ending shoulder injury, playing only one game for the Blues. He returned for the 2009–10 season, easily defeating Krys Barch in his first game of the season. However, King broke an already-damaged finger on his hand in the fight, sidelining him for several months. King's found himself bouncing back between the AHL and NHL throughout his career.
On July 28, 2010, King was re-signed to a two-year contract extension with the Blues in order to facilitate a trade to the Washington Capitals for Stefan Della Rovere.
A free agent during the 2012–13 season, King was signed to a contract with the minor league team, the Ontario Reign of the ECHL on February 20, 2013.
Throughout King's career he was a known fighter, through his junior hockey days up to the NHL. Some of his most notable fight came against Dion Phaneuf in the WHL, Colton Orr, and Derek Boogaard.
King is of Métis heritage. His younger brother Dwight also plays professional hockey, currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens. DJ and his long time girlfriend Chantal Babin have 2 boys together. In 2015 D.J. King, James Norman and Jeremy Norman became owners of Tawaw Cabins a resort located in Waterhen Lake SK.